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Life in Wisconsin has been transformed since March 12, when Gov. Tony Evers declared a Public Health Emergency to combat coronavirus. Businesses have shuttered, while public officials urge residents to stay at home. Today we highlight a story about one practice that has not completely stopped in recent weeks: Some hospitals continue to sue patients over medical debt, reports Bram Sable-Smith, a Wisconsin Public Radio fellow embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom.
‘You’ve been served’: Wisconsin hospitals sue patients over debt — even during pandemic — Wisconsin Public Radio/ Wisconsin Watch
Gov. Tony Evers to use National Guard members to work the polls amid massive shortage of workers — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judge to hear arguments in voting cases, could make rulings on election — Wisconsin State Journal
Tough choices amid COVID-19 pandemic, economic turmoil and rent coming due — Wisconsin State Journal
Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Joann, CBD shops closed by Grand Chute police — Appleton Post-Crescent
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Stats to note
A new Marquette Law School poll of registered voters in Wisconsin offers a range of data on how COVID-19 affects life and attitudes across the state. The poll, released Wednesday, found:
- Most voters — 76% — said they approved of Gov. Tony Evers’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic, while 17% said they disapproved. A majority, 51%, approved of President Donald Trump’s pandemic performance, while 46% disapproved.
- Most voters — 86% — approved of closing schools and businesses and restricting public gatherings in response to the coronavirus, while 10% disapproved.
- A majority — 51% — strongly approved of legislation providing direct cash payments to people, while 28% somewhat approved, 9% somewhat disapproved and 6% strongly disapproved.
- And 9% said they had lost a job or been laid off during the pandemic, while 21% said someone else in the family had lost employment, and 22% said their work hours had been reduced.
Pollsters interviewed 813 registered voters over cell phone or landline March 24 to 29. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. More details are here.
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Researcher: we can reframe social distancing as an act of kindness — Wisconsin Public Radio
How four artists are flexing their creative muscles during COVID-19 — Milwaukee Neighborhood News
These dogs are providing comfort and joy to the community — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Elkhorn Area Middle School shared this on Facebook:
Mike Justman of New Berlin, Wisconsin, tweeted this:
Over the weekend, I dressed as Spider-Man and spread positivity and kindness to children in our city during these unfortunate times. It was a fantastic experience that really made the kids smile. Will I do it again? Keep an eye out for Spidey in a Civic 🙂 pic.twitter.com/y9pZ8QMcDx— Mike Justman (@Mike_Justman) March 30, 2020
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